BARBIL (Keonjhar): Honourable MP, Keonjhar Smt. Sakuntala Laguri here on Monday inaugurated two iron removal water filter units at Deojhar and Mahadevnasha villages of Barbil. These units, set up by JSPL Foundation, the CSR arm of Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL) will provide clean drinking water to more than 500 villagers by filtering and separating iron contents from water.
Lauding the initiative of JSPL Foundation, Smt. Laguri said, “The installation of such units in mining rich areas like Keonjhar is praiseworthy. Corporates like JSPL Foundation should come forward for development of the needy people.”
Designed by Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute, Durgapur (W.B.), each unit has the capacity to provide 5000 litres of pure drinking water per day. The system is run by oxidation and backwash process to filter the ground water.
On the occasion Sub-Collector Champua Ms. Parul Patawari said, “I am hopeful that these projects will benefit the people directly. If these become successful we’ll install similar projects in nearby villages.
“We are truly happy and really indebted to JSPL Foundation for this initiative. Since our villages are in the downhill of mines, the ground water has high iron contents, affecting our health. Now we can have pure safe drinking water”, Janardan Nayak, a resident of Mahadebnasha said.
JSPL Barbil Unit Head Shri Suresha said, “It’s our constant endeavour to work for the development of society and we will continue so in the future.”
Among others Tehsildar, Barbil Shri Khirod Kumar Behera; Deojhar GP Sarpanch Shri Mangal Munda and PS Member Shri Judhisthir Palei were present on the occasion.
“Such initiatives have high impacts in the lives of the local community and will enhance their quality of life sustainably,” said Shri Prashant Hota, EVP & Group Head (CSR & Education) of JSPL.
Earlier in the day, the beautification of Mirigisingha river side (near Champua) done by JSPL Foundation was also inaugurated by Mrs. Laguri. The Foundation has supported in providing cemented sitting benches and straw huts for visitors, bamboo fencing alongside the river, permanent dustbins, stairs to access for picnickers and selfie point.